Grumman Wildcat - Part 1 - Kermie Cam

You Are There! Come fly the Grumman Wildcat with me. Parts one and two are preflight, and part three we will take flight. It will be fun. - Kermit Weeks (20121120)
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  • Damn, let's hop in a F4F Wildcat...... Damn must be nice. Right on Mr. Weeks, love it, thanks for the ride.

    James FrostJames FrostVor 25 Tage
  • One of the most underrated aircraft of WWII.

    SpudskieSpudskieVor 28 Tage
  • Is there nothing this man can’t fly?

    Doug GDoug GVor Monat
  • ???

    Дмитро ПашинськийДмитро ПашинськийVor Monat
  • sure looks easy to ground loop

    David ParryDavid ParryVor Monat
  • Wasn’t there a “beer can” that fell flush with the top of the wing when they locked in place.?

    Tom LilliTom LilliVor Monat
    • Tom Lilli the wildcat had the flag, the hellcat had the beer can. I believe some other grumman planes had the bar, and later wildcat variants may have had the can idk for sure

      John HiersJohn HiersVor Monat
  • Kept waiting for him to start the engine instead of running his mouth. I will never come back to his podcast

    John PresnellJohn PresnellVor Monat
    • There are pts II and III.

      teller12teller12Vor Monat
  • Love all your video. The Wildcat was no match for the Japanese Zero. The Wildcat taught the US how ill prepared we were to fight the Japanese Zero. Many of our guys lost their lives in these planes. Because of American ingenuity we developed tactics (Thatch Weave ) to deal with the planes inadequacies compared to Zero. The Hellcat and the the excellent excellent Bearcat were much better aircraft. Still how fun to fly this 1200 hp hot rod.

    Douglas TeesDouglas TeesVor Monat
  • I can't believe that's all that's holding that wing out.. considering the forces it would see

    video3ishvideo3ishVor Monat
  • This is the one that the airfix starter set is based off of

    Agar EdwardAgar EdwardVor Monat
  • I can't imagine a better job than you have, Kermit. What fun, what fun!

    The FlylooperThe FlylooperVor Monat
  • I did not see an airplane fly in this video!

    Ron MartinRon MartinVor Monat
    • Go to Part 3

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor Monat
  • Genius.

    Jose GJose GVor Monat
  • Very nice Thank you so much for plane tour really I'm feeling like I'm beside you watching everything as you do

    anand shuklaanand shuklaVor Monat
  • My pop flew a Wildcat off a beat up carrier conversion in WWII. After watching these three videos it's hard to believe he returned in one piece--how the hell did they actually carry out combat action while keeping the thing in the air and running at the same time? Amazing! Heaters--must have been awfully old inside and given the noise communication must have been really difficult. I'm just in awe of it all. Thanks for the videos.

    RooRooVor Monat
  • Love your vids Kermit. Sadly this time, I couldn't see anything on the portside console. Starboard side either. I think that they were in deep shade due to the aircrafts orientation to the sun. Love the Grumman Ironworks cats. Wildcats, Hellcats and Bearcats!!! Oh My!!!!!!!

    bassmith448 bassistbassmith448 bassistVor Monat
  • 👀Isso é muito Legal 👍

    Muhammad alzarkaui MarcelinoMuhammad alzarkaui MarcelinoVor Monat
  • What?? No gun ports???

    William NelsonWilliam NelsonVor Monat
  • These videos are the best.

    manny 2nd amendmentmanny 2nd amendmentVor Monat
  • u must be rich owning all those planes

    Skyler TauntSkyler TauntVor Monat
  • Thanks for this series. My Dad's older brother flew the General Motors FM-2 version from the USS Makin Island (CVE-93) in the Pacific in late '44 and all of '45. I have some of his memorabilia and have donated some to the new USS Makin Island (LHD-8) which was commissioned in 2010 out of Coronado. My uncle's flight goggles and Pilot's Manual occupy a special place in my office/man cave. So great that I can see what he actually saw thanks to the Kermie Kam!

    Analog ManAnalog ManVor 2 Monate
  • I learned more in my 50 yrs of ABSOLUTELY LOVING the f4f and f6f in this video than all the books and manuals I've read which is ALOT..Thank you..BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT Sir..God bless you and be safe

    Francis SullivanFrancis SullivanVor 3 Monate
  • Regarding wing folding: I found a video on wing folding on a WW2 carrier.

    John HughesJohn HughesVor 5 Monate
  • This looks like a very late model FM-2 version for escort carrier duty. I can't wait see him spin the hand crank 30 odd times to manually raise the wheels. This plane looks post war that might have been brought back from export.

    bodasactrabodasactraVor 6 Monate
    • My original diagnosis was that it is the F4F-4 Wildcat, which had 2 more machine guns than the F4F-3 and also had the sto-wing wing folding system, which as I recall originally automated, but the automated feature was removed because it increased the weight too much, and had a severe effect on the plane's performance. But since his Wildcat doesn't have 6 machine guns, just 4, but still had the sto-wing wing folding system you are probably correct that his Wildcat is a FM-2 Wildcat, which was mostly identical to the F4F-4 but reverted back to having 4 machine guns, probably because the increase to 6 resulted in decreased firing time. In fact my Great Grandpa who served in the Navy during World War 2 (serving from 1942-1945 in the Pacific Theater of the war) flew F4F-4 Wildcats on two practice/familiarization flights May 5th and 16th of 1943, and I know this because my Great Uncle held onto my Great Grandpa's flight log. However, he mostly flew the F2S Duck, PBY Catalina, and the JM-1 (which was a B-26 Maruader converted for use as a Target Tug and Gunnery Trainer).

      John FrisbyJohn FrisbyVor 5 Monate
  • Great video! I really enjoyed how you realized the sun was straight on and would impact the video, so you turned the a/c 180 and had the sun at your back.

    AlbaiinAlbaiinVor 7 Monate
  • Thanks for doing your videos it’s very interesting for us. I flew with my dad in his plane when I was young. I’m in a radio control flying club and fly the F4F and it is a very sweet plane to fly.😊

    john conleyjohn conleyVor 7 Monate
  • FANTASTIC video. Thanks.

    Larry FreebornLarry FreebornVor 7 Monate
  • nice cool!

    野良犬撮影隊 二大隊四中隊一区隊8番認識番号278331野良犬撮影隊 二大隊四中隊一区隊8番認識番号278331Vor 7 Monate
  • Cool...😎

    MarkMarkVor 8 Monate
  • So the P51D your favourite ?

  • 8:05 kitty is "visually communicating"

    milcoll73milcoll73Vor 9 Monate
  • Y

    Francy HeijenFrancy HeijenVor 9 Monate
  • I've read about Japanese pilots pumping 500 rounds into one of these and even seeing bits and pieces fly off-and to their amazement it would keep flying. The Wildcat had a rather dubious debut in WW2 as it went through an expensive development program and it's underwhelming performance against A6M5's caused some controversy as the Navy was stuck with it. Luckily in the hands of good pilots it's firepower and ruggedness evened out the odds along with the ingenious 'Thatch Weave' tactic where two Wildcats flew in a team-with the first one being the 'bait' and the second one following behind and both of them doing a back and forth 'weaving' pattern. When a bogey locked onto the first one, the second one would wait until he had a clear zone of fire. It worked brilliantly until the more capable Corsairs and Hellcats arrived that could take on the 'Zero' by themselves.

    Tom ServoTom ServoVor 9 Monate
  • Can you tell me why your mum named you arfter a frog .kermit. hi just pulling your leg old boy . Ho if you find you have a problem with it not handing to well just stick some stones in it like we did with the mosquito you know that flying piano made out of wood , that beat the crap out of them nasty nazi , and that Merlin shure made that flying bedsted , mustang go like a bat out of hell . Your a cheeky little lad saying we put stones in our planes . But as you are our American cousins and we work well together, we will for give you . HI

    Tony KingTony KingVor 10 Monate
  • Hello from a big fan from Holland😁

    Hans GoversHans GoversVor 10 Monate
  • You are the best❤️👍

    Mattias SandbergMattias SandbergVor 10 Monate
  • my favorite thing about THIS plane is that it's paint is in "war time" condition....not all shiny like the other restored aircraft that end up looking more like "sexy sports cars" than FIGHTING war birds

    manuelkong10manuelkong10Vor 10 Monate
  • How do I get a job with Kermit?

    Edward CaseEdward CaseVor 11 Monate
  • I was on a carrier ! ID HATE to have to undo those small bolts ancabel to get the wing ready to unfold , on a pitching deck in a storem !! those guy were the best!!

    TOMASTOMASVor year
  • Such a narrow landing gear. How do u manage on crosswinds? Its clearly designed to operate on carrier only where they always point the boat head wind

    David DoradoDavid DoradoVor year
  • Kermit Weeks is GOD, Eric Clapton is not !

    Douglas StreetDouglas StreetVor year
  • Grey with green interior,,, horrid color scheme! Nice aeroplane though.

    LDN WholesaleLDN WholesaleVor year
  • 😄😄

    Phan Minh Hải FoundationPhan Minh Hải FoundationVor year
  • When you see how simple the wing folding mechanism you wonder why all airplanes don't have it. Great video. What a simple robust aircraft. No wonder it was so successful. Well done Grumman.

    gunslot3gunslot3Vor year
  • How would you lode the guns on it

    Carson McFallCarson McFallVor year
  • How a video is done! To the point, all the walk through,all the natural sound of tin n hinges etc, and seeing how she spreads her wings! Great stuff!

    kirk chapmankirk chapmanVor year
  • Thank-you, Kermit Weeks! This was fantastic to see all of this happening in front of me. Always wondered what it would be like to fly one of these. I have a special interest in the Wildcat and other Navy planes of the era , because my father was a carrier aircraft mechanic at that very time. I just wish that I could sit with him and watch all three reels of your video together, but unfortunately he passed at the age of 83 at the end of the year 2004 , before DE-visions was a thing and certainly before you had your Channel. But Thanks all the same Kermit, I can just imagine that he is with me and I am very grateful to you for this production. Warm regards, Ray Conger PS I still have his classroom notes for the courses that he took to learn how to work on these incredible birds!

    Ray CongerRay CongerVor year
    • Thanks for the kind words. God Bless!

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor year
  • Beautiful restoration. Love the Atlantic camo.

    Matthew SinclairMatthew SinclairVor year
  • To be certified in such a variety of aircraft is unreal. You are a pilots pilot. Much respect for you.

    Michael MurrayMichael MurrayVor year
  • Awesome 😎

    David HoldmanDavid HoldmanVor year
  • Lol most people that would watch this know what a pitot tube is

    EricEricVor year
  • Only draining the fuel sump for about one second is not sufficient to assure no water exists in the fuel! Yes, I'm correcting the great Kermit Weeks! A proper fuel sample should ALWAYS be made within a cup or tube to assure no water exists in the fuel. As a CFII/A&P I am not surprised by the actions of this old, bold pilot of so many giant, powerful, expensive WWII birds. You think something so "minor" as a proper fuel sample could endanger a flight? I have been a victim of improper fuel/water sampling many years ago. I had a partial engine failure due to water in the fuel. Guess what?! I had drained the fuel sump onto the tarmac for a second or two just like Weeks did in this video! ALWAYS gather your fuel sample in a cup and continue draining until no visible water exists in the fuel!

    Crooked HaloCrooked HaloVor year
  • Is the PBY in the background yours or in flying condition?

    Richard LahanRichard LahanVor year
    • @Kermit Weeks Generally, what weight and type of oil is used in these old radials? Does it vary between make and model of engine? Thanks!

      Richard LahanRichard LahanVor year
    • @Kermit Weeks Hope to see it flying soon!

      Richard LahanRichard LahanVor year
    • Mine. Not flying condition, at the moment.

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor year
  • Until I clicked this video I honestly didn't even know there were flying Wildcats still in existence.

    ACL9000ACL9000Vor year
  • It's amazing that one little pin holds the wing in place ha....

    Jonathan yohanJonathan yohanVor year
    • @YOU TRIGGERED ? some old helicopters have a pin at the top that does the same thing and has the same name.

      josh liebermanjosh liebermanVor Monat
    • Its call the jesus christ pin because if it breaks...JFC !!

    • I was thinking exactly the same!

      Deron CarleDeron CarleVor year
  • Electric motor to change prop angle, now I am curious how that wire connects to a spinning object. Happy to see the gun sight in place - warbird cockpits look kind of naked without.

    TK 421TK 421Vor year
    • Ok, electricity is provided via slip ring and brushes - had to look that up. Makes sense, nifty for 1930-tech - still used today. The hydrologic system seems more simple, less likely to malfunction (but what do I know, not technically inclined).

      TK 421TK 421Vor year
  • That doesn't look like an 1830 Pratt. It looks more like a wright 1820-56. And can an 1820-56 be outfitted with a super charger? Can some one confirm?

    Q StringsQ StringsVor year
    • @Kermit Weeks what dash number?

      Q StringsQ StringsVor year
    • They're Wright R-1820 (1350 hp)

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor year
  • i have the book you created and is also signed by you.

    Rowan GolderRowan GolderVor year
    • Great! Hope you enjoyed it!

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor year
  • Hi from indonesia. i liked your channel sir, keep going it.

    Iqbal MuhammadIqbal MuhammadVor year
  • I would love to fly those aircraft. My grandfather flew many of the aircraft he has.

    Glen BlantonGlen BlantonVor year
  • That undercarriage reminds me of the wheels on my billy cart in grade one. That can't be serious. It looks like it is made of match sticks.

    TommyTwobatsTommyTwobatsVor year
  • Is that a FM-2?

    David NorrisDavid NorrisVor year
  • Speaking of trim, can you give your Moustache a go please

    Sam BSam BVor year
  • kinda scary to watch you guys pushing that propeller like that after you just turned the fuel on, i know theres many more steps before it will run but it still just makes me cringe...

    SirmellowmanSirmellowmanVor year
    • There is no fuel on yet. All the switches (Mags, Master and Fuel) to start are not on till the pilot turns them on in the cockpit. and

      Kermit WeeksKermit WeeksVor year
  • Helloo..mister.. i want fly with you..i like that...

    Mr.Yamin BravoMr.Yamin BravoVor year
  • And I will add that back when he was still in the Dallas area I saw him demonstrate a LeRhone or Clerget (I can’t remember) engine from a WW1 Nieuport. He showed the small crowd of 15 or so how the blip interrupter or whatever that is called (regulates how often spark plugs ignite) controls engine RPM. The engine was on a test stand and when he hand cranked the wooden prop and went full throttle it seemed like the cable come-along winches that we’re holding the stand to the tarmac we’re going to pull apart. That 100+ HP engine was loud and amazingly powerful - kind of frightening. He was standing behind the stand in the prop wash (or more like prop blast). Thanks again, Kermit. Cool stuff happens around you, it seems.

    DH2pilotDH2pilotVor year
  • Folks may not believe this and I wonder if Kermit remembers, but I sat in that Wildcat. I was among about 100 people at a private party at Kermit’s facility in Florida in 1995. I worked then for a special guest of Kermit’s that did a little concert along with a couple of other bands at the day party outside. He flew a Storch for everyone into a strong headwind and it just hovered up there. A lucky guy from another band got to ride in the back seat. That night at the gathering inside the buildings guests ate and visited and some (including myself) played on an early flight sim with six or eight cockpits linked together for dogfighting. Each had seats, sticks, throttles and pedals. At some point during the party I asked Kermit if I could look more closely at the Wildcat as it was my favorite Navy aircraft and he took me out to the large hangar - no one else was with us- and put me in the seat of the plane in this video. He said you can move the stick and rudder pedals but don’t touch the switches ESPECIALLY THESE (he didn’t shout but he did add emphasis). He said those will start the engine!! Then, amazingly, he walked back into the reception room adjacent to the hangar and left me there alone sitting in the cockpit. I was just tripping. The cockpit is much larger than I expected. That was a fun day and night. Thank you, Kermit Weeks!! I treasure that memory.

    DH2pilotDH2pilotVor year
    • I believe ya bud

      brae_jordannbrae_jordannVor year
  • The Wildcat often is considered inferior to the Zero. However, in post-war analysis of American and Japanese loss records, during the pivotal year of 1942 the F4F had a small advantage over the Zero in kill ratios, at 1.32 to 1.

    Art MossArt MossVor year
  • 910

    Rapheal FrancisRapheal FrancisVor year
  • I'm still amazed at folding-wing aircraft, how they get sufficient strength without the spar making its way through most of the wing.

    ChrisWhite85ChrisWhite85Vor year
Grumman Wildcat - Part 1 - Kermie Cam